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|[Posted October 26, 2006]
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Love and Sex
Vagina: Gateway to Death, Coming or Going by Hansadutta das
There is one gateway through which we all must pass to enter this material world, and that gateway is the vagina. When we are in this world, we unfortunately seek to re-enter this gateway again and again through the process of sexual intercourse. The result is that at the time of death, our fascination with this vaginal gateway forces us to be placed again within a particle of male semen and injected into the womb of another mother, and develop another body just suitable for receiving another term of material karmic reactions. more
is shown by self-control. The cats and dogs
have no self-control. If a bull or a male cat or dog sees a female,
immediately he will rape her, yet he will not be
punished. But if a human being does that on the street, he will be
arrested at once. The inclination to rape is there in
both the animal and the human being, but a human being is supposed to
control himself. Indeed, human life is meant for
self-control. The more you control yourself, the more perfect a human
being you become, and the more you allow your senses
to run loose, the more of an animal you are. People do not know this.
They want freedom, but in the name of freedom they
are becoming animals. This is their so-called civilization.
So we have to follow the Bhagavatam's instruction and become kovida, intelligent. An intelligent person should take up the sword of remembrance of Krishna (anudhyasina) and cut the knot of attachment to material enjoyment. One meaning of the prefix anu in anudhyasina is "following." This indicates we should follow in the footsteps of a genuine spiritual master, or acharya. What the acharya is teaching and showing by his example, we should follow. Another meaning of anu is "always." We should always remember Krishna if we want to cut the knot of karma binding us to birth and death in this material world.
It is the knot of karma that forces us to transmigrate from one body to another. This is not Darwin's theory of evolution—that nature causes a gradual evolution of bodies. Rather, each soul determines his future body by his actions in this life. The bodies are already there, and a living entity simply enters a particular type of body according to his karma. Suppose I act so abominably in this life that in my next life I must suffer the punishment of becoming a dog. Then I'll have to enter the womb of a female dog, and she will give me the body of dog. Eventually I will come out and experience life in a dog's body. This is the law of karma.
So you can become dog, or you can become a god. As a human being you have the facility to become either. You simply have to choose. As Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (9.25),
yanti deva-vrata devan pitrin yanti pitri-vratah
bhutani yanti bhutejya yanti mad-yajino 'pi mam
"Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors; those who worship ghosts and spirits will take birth among such beings; and those who worship Me will live with Me."
But if you want to live with God in the spiritual world you must have a body like His, just as if you want to live in the water you must have the body of a fish. And if you don't want to live with God, if you want to enjoy unrestricted sense enjoyment, then you can take the body of a hog. Nature gives the chance to every human being to select his own future; no one is forced.
There are seven kinds of mothers:
atma-mata guroh patni
dhenur dhatri tatha prithvi
saptaita matarah smritah
These mothers are the original mother, the wife of the teacher or spiritual master, the wife of a brahmana, the king's wife, the cow, the nurse and the earth. Unnecessary association with women, even with one's mother, sister or daughter, is strictly prohibited. This is human civilization. A civilization that allows men to mix unrestrictedly with women is an animal civilization. In Kali-yuga, people are extremely liberal, but mixing with women and talking with them as equals actually constitutes an uncivilized way of life.
nanv agnih pramada nama
sutam api raho jahyad
"Woman is compared to fire, and man is compared to a butter pot. Therefore a man should avoid associating even with his own daughter in a secluded place. Similarly, he should also avoid association with other women. One should associate with women only for important business and not otherwise."
If a butter pot and fire are kept together, the butter within the pot will certainly melt. Woman is compared to fire, and man is compared to a butter pot. However advanced one may be in restraining the senses, it is almost impossible for a man to keep himself controlled in the presence of a woman, even if she is his own daughter, mother or sister. Indeed, his mind is agitated even if one is in the renounced order of life. Therefore, Vedic civilization carefully restricts mingling between men and women. If one cannot understand the basic principle of restraining association between man and woman, he is to be considered an animal. That is the purport of this verse.
The condition of not knowing anything about the spirit soul is called tamas. This material world is also generally called tamas because ninety-nine percent of its living entities are ignorant of their identity as soul. Almost everyone is thinking that he is this body; he has no information of the spirit soul. Guided by this misconception, one always thinks, "This is my body, and anything in relationship with this body is mine." For such misguided living entities, sex life is the background of material existence. Actually, the conditioned souls, in ignorance in this material world, are simply guided by sex life, and as soon as they get the opportunity for sex life, they become attached to so-called home, motherland, children, wealth and opulence. As these attachments increase, moha, or the illusion of the bodily concept of life, also increases. Thus the idea that "I am this body, and everything belonging to this body is mine" also increases, and as the whole world is put into moha, sectarian societies, families and nationalities are created, and they fight with one another. Maha-moha means to be mad after material enjoyment. Especially in this age of Kali, everyone is overwhelmed by the madness to accumulate paraphernalia for material enjoyment.
Generally, people are concerned with the satisfaction of the tongue and the satisfaction of the genitals. That is material life. Material life means eat, drink, be merry and enjoy, with no concern for understanding one's spiritual identity and the process of spiritual advancement. Since materialistic people are concerned with the tongue, belly and genitals, if anyone wants to advance in spiritual life he must be very careful about associating with such people. To associate with such materialistic men is to commit purposeful suicide in the human form of life. It is said, therefore, that an intelligent man should give up such undesirable association and should always mix with saintly persons. When he is in association with saintly persons, all his doubts about the spiritual expansion of life are eradicated, and he makes tangible progress on the path of spiritual understanding. It is also sometimes found that people are very much addicted to a particular type of religious faith. Hindus, Muslims and Christians are faithful in their particular type of religion, and they go to the church, temple or mosque, but unfortunately they cannot give up the association of persons who are too much addicted to sex life and satisfaction of the palate. Here it is clearly said that one may officially be a very religious man, but if he associates with such persons, then he is sure to slide down to the darkest region of hell.
satyam shaucham daya maunam
buddhih shrir hrir yashah kshama
shamo damo bhagash cheti
yat-sangad yati sankshayam
"He becomes devoid of truthfulness, cleanliness, mercy, gravity, spiritual intelligence, shyness, austerity, fame, forgiveness, control of the mind, control of the senses, fortune and all such opportunities."
Those who are too addicted to sex life cannot understand the purpose of the Absolute Truth, nor can they be clean in their habits, not to mention showing mercy to others. They cannot remain grave, and they have no interest in the ultimate goal of life. The ultimate goal of life is Krishna, or Vishnu, but those who are addicted to sex life cannot understand that their ultimate interest is Krishna consciousness. Such people have no sense of decency, and even in public streets or public parks they embrace each other just like cats and dogs and pass it off in the name of love-making. Such unfortunate creatures can never become materially prosperous. Behavior like that of cats and dogs keeps them in the position of cats and dogs. They cannot improve any material condition, not to speak of becoming famous. Such foolish persons may even make a show of so-called yoga, but they are unable to control the senses and mind, which is the real purpose of yoga practice. Such people can have no opulence in their lives. In a word, they are very unfortunate.
teshv ashanteshu mudheshu
sangam na kuryach chocyeshu
"One should not associate with a coarse fool who is bereft of the knowledge of self-realization and who is no more than a dancing dog in the hands of a woman."
The restriction of association with such foolish persons is especially meant for those who are in the line of advancement in Krishna consciousness. Advancement in Krishna consciousness involves developing the qualities of truthfulness, cleanliness, mercy, gravity, intelligence in spiritual knowledge, simplicity, material opulence, fame, forgiveness, and control of the mind and the senses. All these qualities are to be manifested with the progress of Krishna consciousness, but if one associates with a shudra, a foolish person who is like a dancing dog in the hands of a woman, then he cannot make any progress. Lord Chaitanya has advised that any person who is engaged in Krishna consciousness and who desires to pass beyond material nescience must not associate himself with women or with persons interested in material enjoyment. For a person seeking advancement in Krishna consciousness, such association is more dangerous than suicide.
na tathasya bhaven moho
yoshit-sangad yatha pumso
"The infatuation and bondage which accrue to a man from attachment to any other object is not as complete as that resulting from attachment to a woman or to the fellowship of men who are fond of women."
to women is so contaminating that one becomes attached to
the condition of material life not only by the association of women but
by the contaminated association of persons who are too attached to
them. There are many reasons for our conditional life in the material
world, but the topmost of all such causes is the association of women,
as will be confirmed in the following stanzas.
In Kali-yuga, association with women is very strong. In every step of life, there is association with women. If a person goes to purchase something, the advertisements are full of pictures of women. The physiological attraction for women is very great, and therefore people are very slack in spiritual understanding. The Vedic civilization, being based on spiritual understanding, arranges association with women very cautiously. Out of the four social divisions, the members of the first order (namely brahmacarya [celibate students]), the third order (vanaprastha [semi-retired householders]) and the fourth order (sannyasa [renunciates]) are strictly prohibited from female association. Only in one order, the householder, is there license to mix with women under restricted conditions. In other words, attraction for woman's association is the cause of the material conditional life, and anyone interested in being freed from this conditional life must detach himself from the association of women.
1, 2006: Dear
Haribol. Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
You are right on the money as I have been talking to Jim about this. It will be two years since I was intimate with a woman and even when I thought I was successful with them, it was pure HELL. Thank you.